Josh Ryan-Collins

Josh Ryan-Collins

Head of Finance and Macroeconomics
Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose, UCL

Josh is an economist and author with interests in the economics of land and housing, money and banking, sustainable finance and economic rent. He is the author of three books, two co-authored: Where Does Money Come From? (2011, New Economics Foundation), a guide to the workings of the UK monetary system, which is used as a textbook to teach banking in the UK and US; Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing (2017, Zed books), which was included in the Financial Times’ top 12 economics books of 2017; and Why Can’t you Afford a Home (2018, Polity).

His work on the interaction between the financial sector and housing markets has received international press coverage and led to invitations to provide guest lectures and advisory work from governments, public agencies, academics and civil society groups from across Europe, including the European Commission.

Josh was previously Senior Economist and Head of the Finance program with the New Economics Foundation (NEF), one of the UK’s leading progressive think tanks. He worked there for 11 years during which time he developed an innovative program of research on banking and land and also studied for a Ph.D. in finance and economics from the University of Southampton Business School. Previous to that Josh worked for four years in strategic communications in the public and private sectors.

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